Top Vehicles for Dollar per Horsepower
An attractive car is much more than just its engine size and how many cup holders it has. When youâ€™re on the hunt for a performance bargain, horsepower and dollars matter â€“ Specifically, getting the most horsepower for the least dollar. At this point in your search, you may find yourself asking what is power truly worth? Here, we take a look at some of the top cars with the best economic horsepower.
2005â€“09 Saleen S7 Twin Turbo
Power: 750 hp
Good condition value: $550,000
Price per horsepower: $733
The naturally-aspirated S7 debuted in 2000 as a homologation special, letting the S7R loose on the endurance racing circuit on both sides of the pondâ€”over the modelâ€™s nine-year career, it notched class wins at both the 12 Hours of SebringÂ (2001) and 24 Hours of Le Mans (2010). However, the S7 Twin Turboâ€™s 750 horses, racing legacy, and American-built goodness donâ€™t come cheaply.
2004â€“10 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren
Power: 617 hp
Good condition value: $202,000
Price per horsepower: $327
The SLR McLaren is one noisy vehicle thanks to a dry-sump 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 shoved almost 20 inches behind the front axle and nearly underneath your nose. Even so, youâ€™ve got a polarizing, powerful coupe that rings in at roughly $327 per horsepower, roughly half the S7 Twin Turboâ€™s metric.
2015+ Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat
Power: 707 hp
Good condition value: $51,000
Price per horsepower: $72
The Hellcat was king of the hill for three years before the Demon knocked it off its pedestal; but if youâ€™re looking for a high-po Mopar daily driver, youâ€™ll likely prefer the Hellcatâ€™s more-friendly suspension setup and better sound dampening.
2012â€“15 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Coupe
Power: 580 hp
Good condition value: $32,000
Price per horsepower: $55
King of this numbers-slinging batch is the fifth-gen Chevy Camaro ZL1. Stickering for roughly $55K when new in 2012, the Camaro ZL1 still stakes a claim to the bargain performance space.
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